June 19 Is World Sickle Cell Day: Get the Facts

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  • The 411 on Sickle Cell
  • What Is Sickle Cell Disease?
  • Why Is SCD Harmful?
  • What Are the Complications?
  • How Do You Treat It?
  • Iron Overload and SCD
  • How Do You Know You Have SCD?
  • African-Americans and Sickle Cell
  • Sickle Cell and Genetics
  • Is There a Cure?

Why Is SCD Harmful?

Your red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Now if you suffer from sickle cell, your red blood cells are deformed and weak. So not only do they deliver less oxygen to the body’s tissues, but they also can get stuck and break off into little pieces in your vessels. 


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